Greg Sparks

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Joseph Gregory Sparks

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Biographical Information[edit]

Greg Sparks was drafted in the 12th round of the January 1983 amateur draft by the California Angels and in the 5th round of the January 1984 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres. He played in the Padres, Oakland A's, the Co-op Salinas Spurs, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, and Atlanta Braves organizations through 1995 (7 of the last 8 seasons bouncing around AA).

He became a coach in the Oakland A's organization in 1997 with the Visalia Oaks. He turned to managing in 1998. Sparks was the minor league hitting coordinator for the A's from 2004 to 2011. He became a coach for the Sacramento River Cats in 2012-2014. In 2016, he was named second assistant hitting coach of the Chicago White Sox, staying until the end of the 2019 season.

Greg is the son of longtime minor league manager Joe Sparks [1].

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1998 Southern Oregon Timberjacks Northwest League 43-33 3rd (t) Oakland A's
1999 Southern Oregon Timberjacks Northwest League 38-38 5th Oakland A's
2000 Modesto A's California League 76-64 5th Oakland A's Lost in 2nd round
2001 Modesto A's California League 55-85 10th Oakland A's
2002 Modesto A's California League 78-62 2nd Oakland A's Lost in 2nd round
2003 Midland RockHounds Texas League 69-70 6th Oakland A's

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